I love it when a buyer calls me and says "I found a home on your site and I want to put in an offer today!" Then I ask the questions that need to be ask to qualify a buyer and more often than not, when I get this call the buyer hasn't even called a lender. But, if they have, they usually only have a "Pre-Qualified" letter rather than the stronger "Pre-Approval" letter.
Now, when I get these calls it is usually because a buyer is wanting save money and get a great deal. They are usually looking at foreclosures (bank owned) properties that give them the most home for the money. When buying any home, the seller is looking for the strongest buyer and one way to make sure you are the best and strongest buyer with the best negotiating ability, you need to have all your ducks in a row. The best way to do that is have a strong "Pre-Approval" letter from a great preferred lender which any great agent should be able to give you a list of. (These are lenders that the agent has worked with before and know that when they promise something they will deliver and also close on time)
What is the difference? when you get Pre-Qualified you are usually just filling out some basic information on a website or telling a mortgage banker/broker on the phone what you make per year and what your debts are and then the lender says "Based on that, we can give you a loan for $_________" But, a Pre-Approval means they are actually pulling your credit, looking at your taxes, bank stayments and even your paystubs and gives you an actual number that that you qualify for and even good faith estimate of the interest rate you would be paying. Now surprises later that you can't afford a home in a certain price range or can't even get a loan. How upsetting would it be to you if you found your dream home and your lender came back and said "Sorry, we didn't know about this and we can no longer give you a loan.
If you were a seller looking at two, three or even ten offers (which often happens with Beaverton foreclosures) what offers would you look at? The one with no letter, the one with the pre-qualification or the pre-approval letter from their lender? I know when I get multi-offers on my listings I instruct my sellers to really only look at those buyers with pre-approval letters, because you know then all you have to worry about is the inspection and appraisal and those are both things a seller can negotiate. (You can't negotiate with a buyer that can't get a loan)
Now that you are "Pre-Approved" don't make the next mistake that could hurt you when buying a home. That mistake that is also often made by buyers is when they have been pre-approved and are ready to go and find the home of their dreams they say those famous words "Let us sleep on it". These few words have lost more great homes for buyers than I think any other single phrase in real estate.
If you find the home you love, don't hesitate, don't sleep on it, don't ask to see other homes, don't delay or your home will be someone elses, especially in this market where savvy buyers are snapping up the deals in hours rather than months. There are lots of homes that are on the market for months, but they aren't the deals, they are full priced homes on the market and if you look what they listed for and what they finally sold for, there is usually a huge discrepancy. But, if you look at the ones that are priced right, they are sale pending usually 1-2 days.
For more advice from experienced agents that want to help you find the home for you, then give Todd Clark and the Friendly Home Team a call at 503-524-9494 or email me at at Todd@IFoundYourNewHome.com and we will get you in contact with a great lender and get you on the road to home ownership. Let us help you do the things you need to do before and during the home buying process to successfully buy a home in today's market because "What you didn't do could hurt you when buying a home in Beaverton, Oregon"
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